In this lovely essay from the New York Times, Meadow Rue Merrill shares the story of how working the soil and planting seeds helped her negotiate her grief about her daughter’s death.

The Washington State Ferry system offers memorial at sea services on the following routes: Seattle/Bremerton Seattle/Bainbridge  Edmonds/Kingston Anacortes/Friday Harbor Mukilteo/Clinton Port Townsend/Coupeville – Summer only    The ferry will slow to allow the release of a biodegradable urn and for a floral tribute to be strewn on the water. At the captain’s discretion, the horn may…

Who Will Care for the Caregivers? “Some 40 million Americans give daily help to a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor, assisting with basic things like dressing, bathing, cooking, medications or transportation…there’s more we medical professionals can do to improve the way we engage, support and educate them.”

By Marilyn Lewis   Palliative relieves suffering for hospice patients and people with severe chronic illness Medicine’s remarkable success at extending life means that more people today are living with serious illnesses. A new sub-specialty, “palliative care,” has emerged to treat the pain, side effects and stress from severe illness and to help patients have…